Further Browsing

Our guide to readings, spoken word, and other literary events

Chang-rae Lee: The author of Native Speakerand A Gesture Life reads from his latest novel, Aloft. Tue., March 1, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Peter Lefcourt: The author discusses his satirical novel, The Manhattan Beach Project. Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., free. Borders Books & Music, 400 Post (at Powell), 399-1633.

Let the People Speak: The International Women's Writing Guild celebrates Black History month with authors Kokomon Clottey and Aeeshah Arabio-Clottey. Sun., Feb. 27, 3 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Live Out Loud!: A queer youth writing and performance workshop that teaches young people how to turn their thoughts and concerns into performance art and activism. Tuesdays, 4 p.m. Continues through April 1, free. Youth Speaks, 2169 Folsom (at 18th St.), 255-9035.

Dr. Carol Livoti and Elizabeth Topp: The mother-daughter team that wrote the book Vaginas: An Owner's Manualdiscuss their book and women's health. Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Lunada: Latino Lit Lounge: At this monthly reading, catch all-female group Las 'Manas and UC Davis professor and poet Francisco X. Alarcón. Thu., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Free. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009.

Robert Macneil: The linguist and author reads from his book, Do You Speak American? Sat., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne: The authors of The Other Hollywood, an oral history of the porn industry, discuss their book. Sat., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Fred Newman: The author of the book Mouthsounds: How to Whistle, Pop, Boing, and Honk demonstrates some of his sound effects. Sat., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Open Mike Fridays: Authors are invited to read from their work at this regular open mike event. Fridays, 8 p.m., free. Cafe International, 508 Haight (at Fillmore), 552-7390.

Sir Roger Penrose: The scientist discusses his book, The Road to Reality: The Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe. Fri., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

The Perpetual Motion Road Show: Hipster writers read from their work at this touring literary event. Mon., Feb. 28, 7 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Poetry and Pizza: Your donation gives you license to attack an all-you-can-eat buffet of thin crust New York-style pizza as you dig the work of local bards. Last Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $5, www.poetryandpizza.homestead.com. Escape From New York Pizza, 333 Bush Street (at Kearny), 421-0700.

Queer Open Mic: Queer spoken-word artists and writers read from their work twice monthly. Second and Fourth Friday of every month, 8 p.m., $1-3. The Center, 1800 Market (at McCoppin), 865-5555, www.sfcenter.org.

Emily Raboteau: The author reads from her first novel, The Professor's Daughter. Wed., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Natalie Robins: Learn about homeopathy as Robins reads from her book, Copeland's Cure: Homeopathy and the War Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine. Wed., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Debbie and Carlos Rosas: The founders of The Nia Technique celebrate their book The Nia Technique: The High Powered, Energizing Workout That Gives You a New Body and a New Life. Sat., Feb. 26, 2 p.m., free. Borders Books & Music, 400 Post (at Powell), 399-1633.

San Francisco Literary Walking Tour: A two-hour meander through North Beach and Chinatown to look at the apartment buildings, cafes, bookstores, and bars frequented by famous writers of the past. Meet at City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway). Saturdays, noon, $25, 441-0140.

SARK: The motivational author reads from SARK! Make Your Creative Dreams Real. Fri., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Bart Schneider: Hear the author read from Beautiful Inez, a novel set in San Francisco in the 1960s. Mon., Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Seminars for Aspiring or Developing Writers in the Bay Area: Each month this series of three-hour adult seminars for fledgling writers tackles a different theme and includes successful big-name panelists; all proceeds benefit student programming at 826 Valencia. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6 p.m., $100. 826 Valencia, 826 Valencia (at 19th St.), 642-5905.

S.P.I.T.S.: Slam Poetry Intensive Training Series: Learn how to perform with confidence at slam poetry sessions at this workshop series for young writers. Fridays, 4 p.m. Continues through April 1, free. Youth Speaks, 2169 Folsom (at 18th St.), 255-9035.

Throckmorton Stories: Every Monday night professional Bay Area actors perform monologues while authors read short fiction pieces. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through June 13, $10. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton (at Madrona), Mill Valley, 383-9600.

Tuesday at Pat's Cafe Reading Series: Each weekly formal reading is followed by an open mike session for fledgling writers. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., free. Pat's Cafe, 2330 Taylor (at Columbus), 905-8837.

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